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©FRANCIS R. MALASIG/EPA/MAXPPP - epa07416316 Filipino devotees attend a Holy Mass to mark Ash Wednesday at a church in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 06 March 2019. Filipino Catholics started the 40-day Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday by going to church to have their forehead marked with an ash cross sign. The rite is part of the culture of many Filipino Catholics, symbolizing their acceptance for the start of Lent and to show their sincere efforts and discipline to cleanse their lives of sin through prayers.